ESSENTIAL OIL SAFETY GUIDE
In order to prevent misuse of essential oils and to ensure their maximum benefit, here are the some commonly asked questions. This is a good way of learning the basic of Essential oils, how to handle skin sensitivity and other key information.
I’m new to Essential Oils. How should I start off?
Each bottle of The Earth Aromatherapie essential oil gives different benefits and comes with recommendations with directions of how to use. Visiting us in store will help give you a more personal recommendation, catered for your desired use. Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information or you may check each essential oil profile on our website.
What does “Carrier Oil” mean?
Essential Oils are often diluted for different uses; it’s diluted with a vegetable oil, which is the term “Carrier Oil” (vegetable is used, with the similar effects as coconut oil/ grapeseed oil). Carrier Oils ensures that when Essential Oils are applied topically, they are applied comfortably without skin irritation. Don’t worry though, by using a carrier oil to dilute, this does not affect the Essential Oil and it also prevents waste due to excessive application.
Why would you dilute essential oils?
Essential oil dilution is important for two safety reasons. One, to avoid skin reactions: irritation, sensitization and phototoxicity. Two, to avoid systemic toxicity, such as fetotoxicity, hepatotoxicity, carcinogenicity and neurotoxicity. Essential Oils are highly concentrated products, if apply to the skin directly, can cause a hot or burning sensation. For help and guidance around diluting or type of product, feel free to get in touch and we’ll be happy to assist.
What should I do if I’ve applied diluted Essential oil to my skin and I feel discomfort o irritation?
First, stop using the mixture. If discomfort or irritation occurs, you can apply any type of other carrier oil to the affected area. Never attempt to clean the affected area with water as this may cause further discomfort. If a rash occurs, drink plenty of water as this may be an indication of detoxification; water will help remove body toxins, which can be harmful to the skin. To avoid further discomfort, do not use the mixture and you may consult one of our aromatherapists to provide guidance on the suitability of other mixtures.
Can we simply wash off the Essential Oil with water?
This is highly not recommended. Applying water will act as a catalyst and enhance the skins ability to absorb the Essential Oil. If Essential Oil gets into your eye(s), immediately flush with a carrier oil to alleviate discomfort and seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Can you apply Essential oils to sensitive areas?
As mentioned, Essential Oils are highly concentrated products. We strongly recommend avoiding contact with Essential Oils and sensitive areas such as eyes, ears, genitals and mucous membranes.
The frequency can depend on the type of Essential Oil you use and your skin condition. Since Essential oils are highly concentrated products – start low and go slow. For beginners, 1-2 drops are enough. Depending on the essential oil, you can gradually build up to 3-4 uses per day if desired. Excessive use of essential oils may increase the risk for adverse reactions.
I’m pregnant. Can I still use essential oils?
The simple answer is yes. However, like any other medical conditions, it is strongly recommended to seek medical advice first before application; in this case, someone who is experienced in Essential Oil usage. There are typically a few Essential Oils which are recommended to avoid over or excessive use during pregnancy, which are: Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea), Sage (Salvia officinalis), Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare), Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis), Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), and Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens) as well as the blends and supplements that contain these oils.
Can children use Essential Oils?
Many Essential Oils are appropriate for all ages; however, children should be using them diluted for caution. Some of our products at The Earth Aromatherapie are pre-diluted with carrier oils (shown on the product labels) which are intended for direct application on children.
Can exposure to the sun affect essential oil use?
There are some Essential Oils e.g. citrus oils, which contain natural molecules that react with sunlight (UV light) and can causes sensitive reactions. All of our Earth Aromatherapie essential oils and oil blends that contain these compounds, are labelled with a warning to avoid sun/UV light for 12 to 48 hours after applying. Always be mindful when applying a new oil however, all Earth Aromatehrapie beauty and cosmetic products are formulated to remove sun-sensitizing agents to reduce the risk of sun sensitivity.
like any other medical conditions, it is strongly recommended to seek medical advice first before application; in this case, someone who is experienced in Essential Oil usage, who can provide advice about potential interactions between the medication(s) and the essential oil(s). Please note that The Earth Aromatherapie products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Essential oils are not safe to consume and can cause significant poisoning even if small amounts are ingested. We do not promote or recommend internal consumption of any essential oils here at The Earth Aromatherapie.